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Fantasia 2012 review: Robo-G

robo_gRobo G / ロボジー  (2011)
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi ; Screenplay: Shinobu Yaguchi
Cast: Shinjiro Igarashi (Mickey Curtis), Yuriko Yoshitaka, Gaku Hamada, Junya Kawashima, Shogo Kawai

This is an amusing drama with decent jokes but also a few really good ones. Three engineers are tasked with building a robot in three months but days before its unveiling the robot gets broken. Rather than lose face, they hold auditions for someone to act as the robot and end up having to settle with an old retiree, Suzuki (Mickey Curtis). It’s only suppose to be a one-time performance but when the the robot saves a girl named Sasaki (Yuriko Yoshitaka), it becomes a media sensation. The engineers and Suzuki are forced to continue with the charade as they are invited to various conferences. Sasaki also happens to have a keen interest in robotics herself and attempts to learn more about the robot that saved her, which ends up threatening the whole cover-up.

Suzuki and Sasaki are the most memorable characters, as expected and a good part of that can be credited to the actors. Mickey Curtis handles the physical comedy well and Yuriko Yoshitaka is very energetic as Sasaki. It’s nice to see an intelligent girl in a film, who has an interest in engineering and robotics. The three engineers mostly act bewildered and don’t really have much personality. The story makes some call backs to previous events in clever ways that are initially unexpected including a very appropriate ending. This is solid, feel-good type of movie.

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Former "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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